Formed by volcanoes, both Lanzarote’s history and landscapes are fascinating. Its beaches are also stunning and while the volcanoes may be the main attraction, those beaches are perfect for families, couples, and anyone who simply wants to soak up the sun on a lazy Lanzarote holiday. Even though it’s not the biggest island in the Canaries, it’s got something for everyone. So, book yourself a hire car, explore the Lanzarote road map, unwind on some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands, and see landscapes unlike anywhere else.
Lanzarote’s coastline has loads of beaches ranging from black sandy coves to long stretches of golden sand. You can find everything from quiet hideaways to activity-packed beaches with watersports, such as windsurfing, for those who like having fun in the sea. In the south of your Lanzarote map, you’ll find several of the best beaches on the island, such as Papagayo; a picturesque crescent-shaped, white sandy beach hidden by cliffs in the Los Ajaches nature reserve.
Another impressive beach in Lanzarote is Orzola Beach on the more remote northern coast, which is known for its bright white sands and glorious emerald water. Then there’s Playa de Famara, also on the northern coast, a vast sandy bay that’s well suited to surfing thanks to its big Atlantic waves.
You could be forgiven for thinking you’re on a film set looking at some of Lanzarote’s dramatic landscapes. They’re so special that UNESCO has given them the World Biosphere Reserve status. Sprinkled across the land, you’ll see mountains, black rock formations, lava fields and craters, reminding visitors that the island is home to over a hundred volcanoes called the Fire Mountains.
These form part of the Timanfaya National Park, one of Spain’s great natural wildernesses, which you can easily explore with a tour company or independently with your own Lanzarote map if you’re hiring a car.
You can get a taste of traditional Canarian culture in many places in Lanzarote. Costa Teguise has a lovely selection of family-run restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine, as does Puerto del Carmen’s Old Town. For an insight into local craftsmanship, visit a village market and see the goods made from locally sourced materials. Canarians are known for their folk music, too, and there’s nowhere better to enjoy a night of it than in the incredibly atmospheric Cueva de los Verdes, or ‘Green Caves’.
There are two major nightlife centres on the Lanzarote map: Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca, both of which are on the southern coast. Puerto del Carmen has some of the island’s best bars and nightclubs, many of which can be found in Avenida de las Playas area where you dance well until the early hours. In Playa Blanca, you can also find numerous venues in the historic harbour and the Marina Rubicón, one of the most popular is chill out bar Café Del Mar, renowned for its views and laid-back atmosphere. For a more authentic nightlife theme, mingle with the locals at the lively bars of Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, or head to the stylish cocktail bars of Costa Teguise, a popular base for families and for anyone looking for a quieter setting.
Because of its popularity with international tourists, the food scene in Lanzarote is very diverse, with cuisine from every region of the world represented. Whether you’re a lover of Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Indian or other major cuisines, you’ll find plenty of restaurants to suit different tastes.
The climate of Lanzarote
Like the rest of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote enjoys warm weather all year round, with daytime highs ranging from the upper 20s °C in July and August to about 21°C in the coolest month, January. The island also has very high sunshine hours and minimal rainfall, so wherever you’re heading in Lanzarote, you can expect decent weather most of the time.